LibriVox recording of The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green.
Read by Christine Dufour
In this well-plotted, character-driven mystery, Detective Gryce receives a cryptic message calling him to the scene of a “strange” crime. He soon finds that the adjective is correct, for in a quiet brownstone house in a respectable New York City neighborhood, he finds the body of a man brutally stabbed to death, yet lovingly laid out on the floor of his study. The only apparent witnesses are a deaf and dumb butler driven mad by the event, and a caged bird that sings out a vital but puzzling clue. Before he solves the crime, with the help of the redoubtable Miss Amelia Butterworth, Gryce must uncover a motive that spans generations and the passions that have kept it alive. Anna Katharine Green was a pioneering writer of detective fiction in the United States. Her first such novel, The Leavenworth Case, was published in 1878. She is credited with changing the genre by making her stories legally accurate. She invented the "girl detective." But her works remained popular because of their lively, twisting plots and the strong characters she developed. (Summary by Christine Dufour)
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December 25, 2015 Subject:
Thank you, Christine DuFour for a wonderful reading; for the feeing, the emotion and the tones I judged came from a "lady." The word "lady" as used in the best and highest sense does not seem to be used as much as it could be today, as it was in the great novels of authors such as Anna Green. As with all of her novels I get a great sense or emotion that moves me by the way in which she describes ladies and gentlemen and I think such descriptions have been lost in the hearts of many. But, I am rambling. I was really moved by the reading of the novel by another Librivox volunteer who so evidently gave to others so much of herself. God bless all at Librivox, with sincere thanks.
July 17, 2014 Subject:
I have listened to this story a few times now
A woman is raped, and she dies from shame. Her family swears revenge against the guilty party, desiring to shame the person guilty of committing this crime. The story centers around this lifetime madness for revenge and how love can overcome such madness.
Reading was excellent.
The story is pretty good, but I found myself annoyed by the family for not involving the law when the first crime was committed. There is a happy ending tho, so I guess I shouldn't complain.
July 1, 2014 Subject:
Another good one
Another good AKG story containing characters with depth and a good mystery with lots of "clews." The reader did a great job, with very clear and context-appropriate narration, no background noise, and no silly pronunciation errors. (Hooray!) This book is definitely a good listen!
December 4, 2012 Subject:
The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green
Christine Dufour did a good narration. It would be interesting to hear Green's views on today's mystery genera. She wove together the improbable into the probable in this story. Worth a listen.
November 27, 2012 Subject:
She does not disappoint
Another of Green's well thought out stories; thanks for a delightful reading!